Patrick Somweber nominated for Sommelier of the Year
Rolling Pin Awards Sommelier of the Year – your vote counts!
Such an achievement! According to German-language gastronomy magazine Rolling Pin, Patrick Somweber of the Restaurant Simon Taxacher is among the best sommeliers of 2019. Vote online and help him become Rolling Pin’s Sommelier of the Year 2019 – polls close on 22 March. The winner will be announced during the ROLLING PIN awards ceremony on 1 April which will be held at the divine Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden.
In addition to his expertise, flair for good wines and talent for coming up with harmonious wine and food combinations, his Rolling Pin nomination for Sommelier of the Year was based on an understanding approach to guests as well as his entrepreneurial wine-buying know-how. ‘The star on the table should be what’s on the plate and not what’s in the glass. This is perhaps the most important rule of the job. It may seem odd, but when it comes to choosing a wine to accompany food, I focus on the intensity of the sauces and side dishes. They are what sets the tone,’ says Somweber. No wonder he and the restaurant’s patron, award-winning chef Simon Taxacher, make such a great team. The Falstaff restaurant guide 2019 recently named Restaurant Simon Taxacher the best restaurant in Tyrol and the second best in Austria – and this was partly thanks to an excellent wine list.
Patrick Somweber was born in Salzburg in 1987 and began his career at the top of Salzburg’s gastronomic scene. After a year in the Cayman Islands, he moved first to Lech am Arlberg and then to Vienna where he spent four years working for luxury hotels and restaurants. He was part of the team that looked after Peter Pühringer’s €20 million wine cellar at the Palais Coburg, considered one of the best in the world. In June 2016, he came to Kirchberg/Kitzbühel in Tyrol where he became an invaluable part of the Restaurant Simon Taxacher team.
The wine list
Reading the wine list at the Restaurant Simon Taxacher is equal to a round-the-world trip. It starts in the picturesque landscape of the Wachau Valley by Austria’s blue Danube, takes us to the Loire via Burgundy, to South Tyrol and across the clay and slate terraces of the Rheinhessen region. The journey continues through the sun-kissed Priorat of Catalonia to the remote Barossa Valley in Australia, all the way to the Japanese island of Honshu. In all, the Rosengarten’s cellar holds around 800 different wines from the world’s most exciting wine-growing regions and countries.
What are the Rolling Pin Awards?
Launched in 2010, the annual ROLLING PIN Awards honour the most innovative, daring and creative Austrian and German professionals in the field of gastronomy who have had the greatest positive influence on the industry. The awards are presented for a range of categories – from chef, newcomer and sous chef of the year to maître, sommelier and bartender as well as lifetime awards. The ROLLING PIN Awards are now among the most important and renowned industry awards in the Austrian and German restaurant and hotel industries. In addition to publishing an industry-leading magazine, ROLLING PIN Media GmbH also operates one of the most important online networking and job portals in the German-speaking world.